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Jeff Koppy

General Motors (GM), Assistant General Counsel

He left a prestigious partner position after nineteen years to go in-house at General Motors (GM), where he currently serves as assistant general counsel of complex litigation. Despite having an incredibly young family of his own, Koppy and his wife agreed to move their family to São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly four years to serve as regional general counsel for GM’s South American region.

Straight out of law school, Koppy earned a prestigious clerkship with the Honorable Judge Suzanne Conlon, who served as United States District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois.

After his clerkship, Koppy moved onto working for a firm. Over the following two decades, Koppy would amass extensive litigation experience at the firm Jenner & Block. In 2014, Jenner & Block was hired to perform an internal investigation on GM after the automotive manufacturing company was forced to recall sixteen million vehicles due to an unintended ignition-switch rotation, which could inadvertently shut off power while the vehicle was being operated. Koppy spent weeks flying between Detroit and Chicago, often working to midnight. One of those nights, the lawyer was asked if he would give any consideration to coming in-house.In 2014, Koppy joined GM as executive director of its litigation group and subsequently rose through different roles, including a position that required a move abroad.